I told my wife that 2013 was going to be the year of the beard. She scoffed at the idea, citing the fact that thus far in my 30 years of life the extent of my facial hair growth has stopped at scraggly chin hairs. We shall see...
Ok, I have a shit ton of pictures to put up, so words will be minimal. First up, making a new bast system. I never seem to have enough bats when making jars and such so I worked up this rig. Now I will have a copious amount of cheap bats that will store easily and such.
|Tools of the trade: 6.5 inch square cut out of one sheet of masonite, glued to a second sheet of masonite, 6.5 inch squares cut for bats.|
|Holes drilled for bat pins and notch cut for easy removal of bats.|
|Edges of bat trimmed down to fit inside splash pan.|
|New bat system on the wheel with bat in place.|
|Jar and lid successfully thrown on new bats and taking up very little space.|
Last week I went up to Krueger Pottery to grab some supplies I desperately needed to finish up some custom orders and such. I got a bunch of glaze/slip materials, mostly in 50lb bags as they are much cheaper that way. The only problem now is that I am not sure where I am going to store everything. Oh well, small problems.
I also got a Talisman hand sieve to work up my slips and glazes. I had been having a slight problem with clumps and bits of muck in some of the slips.
I also got a couple bags of plaster so I can finally finish up my reclaim bin. Now I can recycle the many many pounds of slop clay that have been sitting around the studio.
Yesterday I loaded and fired a glaze load, which is currently cooling. It is probably cool enough to take a peek now, but I am going to wait a little while yet. Pictures of finished work next post. For now here are some pictures pre-firing.
|Figures for surprise mugs. Freaking great and much fun to make.|
|Underglaze pencil experiments.|
And last but not least, a chance to Philbeck it up.